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International Music Talent Competition Fall 2019

The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition is opened to all instrumentalists (piano, winds, strings, brass, traditional, etc.), vocalists and traditional folk and jazz groups of all nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. American Protégé is looking for genuinely talented people, who have creativity and stage charisma.

We invite talented performers of any age and genre to participate in the Competition.

All applicants who are signed with the manager or producer must submit via email a General Representation and Release Form signed by the Manager/Producer to be eligible for the Competition.


Winners will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the following dates:

December 14, December 15, 2019, and April 12, 2020

Star Performer Award, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.


Three qualified judges evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

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Music Talent Competition Fall 2019 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Maxwell Brown is an 8-year-old violinist with flying fingers, a fluid bow arm, and rich tone that belies his quarter sized violin. Max studies classical violin with Shelley Beard and fiddle with Andrew Vogts. Max has won prizes in several international classical music competitions and was awarded a special prize for Exceptional Young Talent. Max has won youth fiddle championships in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and placed second at Virginia’s Galax Convention. He also has placed in adult fiddle competitions in DE, MD, and VA, and is the youngest ever Grand Champion for PA’s Lyons Fiddle Festival. Performance highlights include playing in advance of bluegrass legends Del (McCoury) and Dawg (David Grisman), joining Dave Klein to perform in advance of the Steep Canyon Rangers, and joining Andrew Vogts to open for the Quebe Sisters and for The Beach Boys.
Airi Ito, now thirteen years old and in 8th grade at Margaret Mead Jr High. She started violin study at the age of 7, and is currently a student of Taka Matsunaga. As a member of the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra, Airi has performed in Vienna as well as Carnegie Hall. She served as Concertmaster of the Illinois Music Association District 7 Orchestra in the summer of 2018. And, she was awarded 1st place in the 2017 and 2019 Midwest Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and was featured as a soloist with the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer, she was chosen to attend the International HeifetzPEG Summer camp in Virginia. She also enjoys participating in chamber music, piano, dance, and music composition.
Ailin Li is 16 years old. She is a junior at Milpitas High School. She has been playing Guzheng for ten years and has participated in regional competitions. Ailin took 1st place in the 35th Taiwanese and Chinese American Athletic Tournament Traditional Music Competition and passed the Chinese Traditional Instrument Grade Examination of Guzheng in level 10. She also participated on numerous occasions and program, from MusicNBrain Family Concert, the 5th Panda International Arts Festival (Voice of Spring Grand Arts Performances), Ohlone College, Cupertino Library, Quinlan Center, and the 2nd International Aimusic Festival, etc.
Zachary Bowden is a pianist who lives in Eagle, Idaho. He began playing at the age of five and currently studies under the direction of Suzanne Clive. Now 18 years old, Zach is a senior at Eagle High School and looking forward to college. While Zach continues to love and play classical music, his favorite musical style is jazz. Zach has been the pianist in the Varsity Jazz Band at his high school, under the direction of T.J. Eriksen, since his sophomore year. In the last three years, the Varsity Jazz Band has completed in several district-wide competitions including District III and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, where the band has won many awards. As an individual performer, Zach has competed in and won several competitions in his area including the Musicians West Piano Competition at Idaho State University and numerous competitions at Boise State University.
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners
Emma Wang, piano 8 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Shu-Ju Yoh
Maxwell Brown, violin 8 Wilmington, DE
Student of Shelley Beard and Andrew Vogts
Zhiyi Yang, piano 9 Singapore
Student of Helen Lin
Daniel Pan, piano 10 Houston, TX
Student of Qi Ding
Kayley Xu, violin 10 San Diego, CA
Student of Michael Tseitlin and Pasha Tseitlin
Richard Bodrug, piano 10 Calgary, Canada
Student of Dan Morin
Sylvie Kim, violin 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Min Jeong Park and Yuki Mori
Edric Zhang, piano 11 Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu
Hana Tsai, violin 11 New York, NY
Student of Yu Jeong Lee
Moisey Portnenko, piano 11 Singapore
Student of Natalia Kumkova
Zoe Park, piano 11 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Sung Lee
Anna Lui, piano 12 South Jordan, UT
Student of Ya Liu
Anyuu Inomoto-Fong, violin 12 Concord, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi Cohler
Jessica Yi, piano 12 Richfield, OH
Student of Christina Choy
Raymond Tangning Zhang, voice 12 Burnaby, Canada
Student of Zhenyu Liu
Airi Ito, violin 13 Elk Grove Village, IL
Student of Taka Matsunaga
Fang-Heng Du, violin 13 Lexington, MA
Student of Fudeko Takahashi
Isabelle Baron, voice 13 Lexington, MA
Student of Rebecca Helm and Jamie Shannon Ferguson
Channie Hong, cello 14 Saratoga, CA
Student of Jonathan Koh
Jasmine Lin, cello 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Kyeong Hwa Kim
Olivia Zhao, piano 14 Chandler, AZ
Student of Yuerong Gong
Shirley Xu, piano 14 San Diego, CA
Student of Tatiana Stignev
Anna Xie, piano 15 Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Sueanne Metz
Ashley Brooke, voice 15 Colonia, NJ
Student of Amelia Demayo and Gulnara Mitzanova
Cassidy Feng, piano 15 Mayfield Heights, OH
Student of Ella Karasik
Esha Perala, voice 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Svetlana Nikitenko
Ailin Li, guzheng 16 Milpitas, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu
Qingping Ye, piano 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Dorothy Su
Sua Shin, piano 16 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Yun Hee Lee
Allison Jia, piano 17 Cupertino, CA
Student of Dr. Liang-Yun You
Ashley Chung, cello 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Sang Won Cho
Richard Chen, violin 17 San Diego, CA
Student of Shu Xiang Quintero
Zachary Zhang, cello 17 Bellevue, WA
Student of Zhenlun Li
Zachary Bowden, piano 18 Eagle, ID
Suzanne Winegar Clive
Bogyeong Lee, piano 30 Iowa City, IA
Student of Emile Naoumoff and Ksenia Nosikova
Yunhan Shen, guzheng 33 San Bruno, CA
Student of Chiffon Fu
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Daniil Temkin, piano 14 Boca Raton, FL
Isabel Guevara, piano 14 Boca Raton, FL
Students of Olga Romoff
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Ivy Lin, piano 16 East Greenwich, RI
Hugo Lin, piano 15 East Greenwich, RI
Students of Nonetta Shatakhtsian
Second Place Winners
Dylan Newell, piano 6 Rockville, MD
Student of Vivian Kwok
Ava Trinh, piano 7 Rosemead, CA
Student of Lin Liu
Mikkel Myer Lee, piano 7 Singapore
Student of Professor Helen Lin
Peter Sorensen, piano 7 Ann Arbor, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Peng Chen
Raphael Tran, piano 7 Benbrook, TX
Student of Van Bui
Julia Gentry, piano 8 Newport Beach, CA
Student of Ana Maria Eckstein
Sophie Wang, piano 8 Singapore
Student of Helen Lin
Chengry Hsien, piano 9 Fremont, CA
Student of Le Yu
Kin Wang Keith Chan, piano 10 Singapore
Student of Ou Yang Lei Lei
Nathan Choi, piano 10 Los Gatos, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim
Ryan Chan, piano 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Valentina Tumanova
Nick Eliav, piano 10 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Olga Romoff
Samuel Meyer Buch, piano 10 Sherman Oaks, CA
Student of Rita Shen
Angelika Indzhigulyan, voice 10 Bayside, NY
Student of Vego Ohanyan
Lucas Ke, piano 11 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Jongsun Lee
Sophia Lin, piano 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Yuhui Jen
Aaron Zhu, piano 12 Aliso Viejo, CA
Student of Dr. Emily Hung
Eunseo Ryu, piano 12 San Jose, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim
Jocelyn Tian, piano 13 Canton, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Chen
Melissa Lee, piano 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Irina Bendetsky
Nathan LI, piano 13 Boise, ID
Student of Suzanne Winegar Clive
Anika Yadati, piano 14 Beachwood, OH
Student of Cynthia Crotty
Anna Moon, piano 14 New York, NY
Student of Yoojung Kim
Isabel Guevara, piano 14 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Olga Romoff
Jakub Maciej Jeżak, vibraphone 14 Poznań, Poland
Student of Łukasz Berlin
Sophia Luo, piano 14 Orinda, CA
Student of Elena Bai Pang
Twisha Subramanyam, piano 15 Morgantown, WV
Student of Juliana Yap
Tyler Sheu, marimba 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Jacob Nissly
Brian La, viola 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Byung Woo Kim
Junah Kim, violin 16 Fullerton, CA
Student of Kwang Jae Woo
Kristen Liu, voice 16 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Julie Valentine
Samantha Berg, voice 16 Old Brookville, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Cynthia Feinman
Sarah Wang, violin 16 Cary, NC
Student of Dovid Friedlander
Suhasna Liyanaarachchi, erhu 16 East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Li Cangxiao
Viraj Mehta, piano 16 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Sherry Lenich
Abhinav Kumar, voice 17 Rye, NY
Merritt Zhang, piano 17 Scottsdale, AZ
Student of Robert Avril
Peter Lee, piano 18 Weston, MA
Student of Margarita Kotlyarova
Ye-Ji Son, haegeum 18 Portland, OR
Student of Esther Han
Tassneen Bashir, violin 20 Plano, TX
Tong Liu, piano 25 Salt Lake City, UT
Student of Vedrana Subotic
Soyeon Seo, violin 27 Baton Rouge, LA
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Jody Chen, piano 9 Fair Lawn, NJ
Choco Chen, piano 12 Fair Lawn, NJ
Students of Stacie Yao
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Benjamin Slive, piano 10 Boca Raton, FL
Julian Slive, piano 10 Boca Raton, FL
Students of Tiffany Goff
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Christine Jones, piano 13 San Jose, Costa Rica
Michelle Jones, piano 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Students of Valentina Tumanova
Piano Duo/Four Hands:
Jacquelyn Wu, piano 14 Newport Beach, CA
Johnny Wu, piano 12 Newport Beach, CA
Students of Sally Liu
Third Place Winners
Elizabeth Grace Zhang, violin 7 Basking Ridge, NJ
Student of Ning Mu
Abby Trinh, piano 9 Rosemead, CA
Student of Lin Liu
Hourod Rakhshanfar, cello 10 West Vancover, Canada
Student of Mary Thomson
Xinyi (Maggie) Wang, piano 10 Northville, MI
Student of Hsiu-Hui Peng Chen
Max Matsuzaka, piano 11 New York, NY
Student of Dr. Yoojung Kim
Simone Shvarts, violin 11 Warminster, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Solomiia Savuliak, violin 11 Feasterville, PA
Student of Larisa Odlyvanska
Rodrigo Landa Romero, piano 13 Mexico City, Mexico
Student of Rosa Mariaa Torner and Margarita de la Mora
Ahana Guin, voice 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald
Ashley Zheng, piano 14 Suwanee, GA
Student of Feng Liu
Avinash Chalasani, piano 14 Princeton Jct, NJ
Ganesh Kumar, piano 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Helen Lee
Richard Zhou, piano 14 Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye
Brandon Tung, piano 15 Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye
Bryan Hu, piano 15 Suwanee, GA
Student of Yongxu Ye
Grace Mao, voice 15 Cupertino, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang and Tian Yu Yang
Ria Prasad, piano 15 Rockledge, FL
Student of Caroline Rosen
Vijay Tummalapenta, piano 15 Wyckoff, NJ
Student of Stacie Yao
Ali Ochoa, piano 33 Maracaibo, Venezuela

Honorable Mention Winners will be notified of their standing via email.


Winners Recital Information

1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. Only ONE piece from the audition repertoire within a time limit will be performed at the Winners Recital.

3. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

4. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

5. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one after enrollment into the program.

6. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

7. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

8. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

9. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

10. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

11. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

To pay the Solo Recital and Photo Fees on-line please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $30 will be added to the Concert Fees amount. By clicking on the button you will be redirected to PayPal.

Solo Recital and Photo Fee


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